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Bean Dream | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
alsofhampden.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A creamy milk porter aged on fresh vanilla beans.

Added by stakem on 09-13-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
175
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
47.93%
 
 
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Reviews by stakem:
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adding this brew as a milk stout even though it is advertised as a milk porter. On tap at the source served in a Pizza boy branded and shaped pint. The brew appeara dark brown in color with a brown cap that recedes to a thin film atop. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a lacing atop.

The smell is sweet with a hint of something like lactos typically found in some milk stouts but with an exaggerated sweetness like vanilla. Some roastiness to this like chocolate and coffee.

The taste has that sticky vanilla bean flavor upfront that dissolves into some roasty grain and faint nutty aspect. A bit of dark fruits and some hints of mineral inclusion to citrus hops on the backend. As it warms up it has a mild spiced aspect faintly reminescent of cinnamon or anise with a touch of rootbeer afterthought.

This is a lighter than medium bodied brew with ample carbonation. Overall not a bad brew, it is easily approachable and easy drinking without the sweetness getting out of control. Worth a try.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

You can look through my reviews and conclude that I dont like vanilla beer much. Maybe so, but this was the best vanilla beer I've had. It was a bit thin but that didnt spoil the experience. Good taste. Great smell. Well done, Al.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - A bit transparent. Mostly black. Small off-white head.

Smell - Vanilla. Lactose. Kinda nutty caramel malt. Milk chocolate.

Taste - Bright and sharp vanilla up front. Deep roasted malt. Lactose isn't that sweet. A little bit of cola.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Kinda weird. Definitely lots of vanilla, but not a very exciting beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Pizza Boy offering since Terry joined the team...

A - Three fingers worth of active quickly receding medium brown colored head with a very rocky top... What's left is a splotchy lacing, thin collar, and lots of carbonation bubbles bursting through the surface... The color is a dark brown teetering on black that allows a bit of light to leak in around the top of the glass... Loads of carbonation bubbles cling the glass, detach and rise at a moderate pace...

S - Interesting nose with good complexity... Vanilla... Peat... Raisins... Cocoa... A touch of roasted malt...

T - Vanilla... Light roasted coffee... Faint chocolate notes... Some dark fruit as well... Nice balance... A tasty little brew...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Smooth... Lightly carbonated... Sleek... Perhaps a tad bit thin...

D - Very quaffable... Much lighter than expected... A tasty interesting brew... Quite sessionable... Definitely took care of the Milk Stout craving that I've had recently quite nicely... I would gladly drink again...

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Bean Dream from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
3.63 out of 5 based on 175 ratings.
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